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Special Opportunities Program

Exploring and Amplifying Critical Issues in the Great Lakes Region in Support of Program Goals


Special Opportunities Grantees

2014 Special Opportunities Grantees

Find more information about grantees in our Annual Reports.

Center for American Progress
Washington, DC $100,000
To engage young people in the Midwest on gun violence prevention and democracy issues. (1 yr)
Chicago Public Media Inc.
Chicago, IL $175,000
For in-depth regional reporting on issues of importance to the Great Lakes region, including education, employment, environment, or gun violence prevention. (1 yr)
Chicago Urban League
Chicago, IL $140,000
To support the launch of an African American Leadership Development Program. (2 yrs)
Chicago, IL $100,000
For salary support of the executive director. (2 yrs)
Grantmakers in the Arts
Seattle, WA $170,000
To support Project Enrich. (1 yr)
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA $100,000
To support efforts of Harvard University and its Hauser Institute for Civil Society to launch the Sustain Arts Chicago, a user friendly data platform for the arts. (1 yr)
New York, NY
$300,000 For research and development activities intended to generate effective, scalable interventions to address challenges in the education and workforce development sectors. (3 yrs)
Metropolitan Planning Council
Chicago, IL $150,000
To develop the first ever, comprehensive vision and plan for the Chicago and Calumet Rivers. (18 mos)
Minneapolis, MN $100,000
To support effective democracy and regional environmental coverage. (2 yrs)
National Public Radio Inc.
Washington, DC $300,000
For coverage of education, energy, employment, and gun violence issues, as well as for two reporter trainings. (2 yrs)
New Organizing Institute Education Fund
Washington, DC $115,000
To provide Joyce grantees with trainings on public narrative and data-driven campaigns. (1 yr)
Small Business Majority Foundation, Inc.
Washington, DC $100,000
For research and outreach with small business owners in the Great Lakes to support advancements in workforce development, energy efficiency, and democracy. (1 yr)
State Voices
Detroit, MI $150,000
For data services and technology to increase the effectiveness of policy advocacy by Illinois nonprofits. (2 yrs)
Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future
Washington, DC $50,000
To pilot the support of an innovative pay-for-success approach to financing energy efficiency retrofits in multifamily affordable housing. (1 yr)
Tapfound Inc. DBA Taproot Foundation
San Francisco, CA $52,500
For renewed support to coordinate pro bono professional consulting services to seven Chicago-area Joyce Foundation grantees, with a goal of strengthening their infrastructure and expanding their capacity. (1 yr)
The Aspen Institute Inc.
Washington, DC $250,000
For continued support of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund. (2 yrs)
The Barack Obama Foundation
Chicago, IL $1,000,000
To support the design and development of the Obama Presidential Library. (3 yrs)
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL $100,000
For a research project to inform the design of large scale programs to help at-risk youth. (1 yr)
Window to the World Communications Inc.
Chicago, IL $100,000
To support reporting on environment, education, and employment issues on Chicago Tonight and the PBS NewsHour. (1 yr)
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Madison, WI $50,000
To increase the quality and quantity of investigative reporting in Wisconsin, while training the current and future generations of investigative journalists. (1 yr)

Latest News From The Special Opportunities Program


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